Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi speaks at LUMS on Positive Pakistan

Dr Amjad Saqib, Todd Shea, Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi and Shaheed Ateeq Ur Rehman on the panel

On 18 December 2013, the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS) held a panel discussion as part of the LUMUN X conference on Positive Pakistan. The speakers on the panel included Shaheen Ateeq-ur-Rehman, prominent social worker; Dr Amjad Saqib, founder Akhuwat; Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi, co-founder Next Generation Pakistan and Todd Shea, founder CDRS.

Todd Shea, Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi, Dr Amjad Saqib and Shaheed Ateeq ur Rehman at LUMSThe panel discussion was moderated and started off with Ms Shaheed Ateeq ur Rehman who narrated her experience of working in the social sector.

This was followed by Dr Amjad Saqib who told the audience about how Akhuwat started and the work his organisation has done so far. He explained how Harvard and other Ivy League university’s have been appalled by the model of micro-finance that Akhuwat uses.

The moderator then asked Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi on his motivation for starting NGP. He explained the philosophy behind NGP, the reasons why the founders thought of setting it up in the first place and how it was established. Bakhtawar implored the students in the audience to come out of their elitist bubble and interact with the poor in the country. He said that we can truly appreciate why the responsibility of contributing to the society lies on our shoulders only if we were to engage and interact with the poor.

After Bakhtawar, Todd explained the work he has been doing around the world. He expressed his love for Pakistan and highlighted the various charitable work he has executed throughout the country. He also explained his reason for setting up Atif Aslam with Guns n Roses. He believed that this collaboration would convey a different image of Pakistan to the world. Todd finished his talk by singing Jazba-e-Janoon.

As the website of LUMS indicates, the purpose of the Positive Pakistan session was to “remind delegates about Pakistan’s potential and achievements.”